The total work of art

Hermann Nitsch

16 Mar 2019 - 28 Jul 2019

Hermann Nitsch (born 1938 in Vienna/AT) is a co-founder of Viennese Actionism and is one of the most important contemporary most important action artists of the present. His opus magnum, the Orgien Mysterien Theater, is a new a new form of Gesamtkunstwerk. The idea for it was born in 1957 and has led to the realization of 155 actions, 75 painting actions and countless works in various art disciplines. art disciplines. With his oeuvre the artist counts among the international pioneers of the Performing Art movement.

The exhibition at the Lechner Museum Ingolstadt is dedicated to the Nitsch Gesamtkunstwerk with all its work disciplines and creates a comprehensive overview of the unique work of the universal artist, who sometimes lived in Bavaria for several years. At the center of the presentation on the ground floor is Hermann Nitsch's 20th painting action, which was realized in 1987 at the Vienna Secession. It is considered Nitsch's main work and, according to Hermann Nitsch, is his only completely preserved painting action in the world and can be seen in this exhibition for the first time outside of Austria.

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On the upper floor, the Nitsch cosmos reveals itself in all its facets and introduces visitors to the world of the Orgien Mysterien Theater, which centers on the consciousness of being as a philosophical-theoretical foundation. Nitsch is concerned with the present, the immediate and sensual experience of real events in the course of the actions. It is about reaching a state of being that makes the "flesh of reality" (Hermann Nitsch) consciously and directly experienceable with the help of all human sense organs. With this concept and the actions, which many saw as radical, Hermann Nitsch revolutionized the concept of theater and expanded the concept of art in the 20th century.

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Exhibition info

Hermann Nitsch

16 Mar 2019 - 28 Jul 2019

Curated by
Michael Karrer